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Poster: tree-ap Date: Nov 8, 2007 5:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

Jumping in a little late on this, but, here it goes...Terrapin Station. There, I said it. BLASPHEMY!!! I do not pick shows to listen to just because TS is in the set list, & I can say I've listened to the the studio version WAY MORE than even all the different shows it's been played at that I've heard. It's certainly NOT to say that there aren't live performances that I don't find spectacular---Boston Garden 5/8/77, and a show I saw at the Cap Centre Spring tour '91 (the 2nd night of the 4 I think, which I think is probably the 2nd greatest show I attended). But, there's just something "more" that the album version has that I enjoy---it's length, it's diversity (Terrapin Flyer!), and maybe some other aspects I just can't give names to. I recall something I read at the archives before the last site overhall, where they said that heads didn't take to the album very well (strings w/the GD?), and Jerry, said, "fuck'em if they can't take a joke!" Of course, it also said that the original tapes had been "misplaced" or "accidentally erased" by the producer, w/Jerry & Mickey's timbali (I'm going on flawed memory on that word) part now missing---this was replaced with the strings & choral arrangement.

Though, maybe next year I'll seek out more live versions, as I've changed so many of my song preferences over the years---DS, GDTRFB, TOO, Cumberland Blues, HCS, PITB, and on, and on, and on... Great question though.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Nov 8, 2007 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio better than live?

beside the obvious ones, I also think Terrapin was best on record, except for the last half which was rarely done anyway.